PAT Executive Board

Jochen Burgtorf - Jan 2016

Jochen Burgtorf


Professor Jochen Burgtorf (California State University, Fullerton) received his Dr. phil. in medieval history from Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf (Germany). His research and teaching interests encompass the crusades, crusader states (especially Antioch), and religious military orders; papal diplomatics; refugees and fugitives; English medieval history; Viking history; and world history. His publications include The Debate on the Trial of the Templars (1307-1314) (2010, with Paul Crawford and Helen Nicholson); The Central Convent of Hospitallers and Templars: History, Organization, and Personnel, 1099/1120-1310 (2008); articles in Ordines Militares: Yearbook for the Study of the Military Orders; an essay on Piers Gaveston and King Edward II of England in Fourteenth Century England (2008); and contributions to both the Dictionnaire européen des ordres militaires au Moyen Âge (2009) and The Crusades: An Encyclopedia (2006). Professor Burgtorf is the 2015 recipient of the Nicky B. Carpenter Fellowship in Manuscript Studies at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; a collaborator of the “Pius-Stiftung” (an international research project on papal documents); a co-editor of “Military Religious Orders” (Routledge); a member of the editorial boards of Outremer (Brepols) and Ordines Militares (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland); a special-features presenter for the History Channel’s series “Vikings;” and the former chair (2011-2014) of CSU Fullerton’s Department of History, where has served as faculty advisor to the Theta-Pi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta since 2002.

Clay Drees

Clayton J. Drees

Vice President

Dr. Clay Drees earned his doctorate from the Claremont Graduate School in California in 1991 after having taught high school for seven years, including a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa. He is Professor of History and Director of Faculty Mentoring at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, where he teaches courses in medieval and early modern European, African and Islamic history. A two-time recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray distinguished teaching award in 1998 and 2015, Drees also served six years as social science division chair between 2005-11. In January 2016 he took office as the national vice-president of Phi Alpha Theta, the U.S. honor society in history, and in January 2018 he will begin a two-year term as that honor society’s national president. Dr. Drees’ third book, _Bishop Richard Fox of Winchester: Architect of the Tudor Age_, was published by McFarland Press in autumn 2014.

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Stephen D. Carls

Advisory Board Chair

Dr. Stephen Carls is University Professor and chair of the Department of History at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. His area of expertise is modern European history, with a special interest in France between 1914 and 1945. He has had a political biography titled Louis Loucheur and the Shaping of Modern France, 1916-1931 published by Louisiana State University Press; Les Presses universitaires du Septentrion released a revised version of the book in France under the title of Louis Loucheur: Ingénieur, homme d’état, modernisateur de la France 1872-1931. He is currently co-authoring a textbook with his wife on Europe from 1914 to 1945 that Routledge will publish. Dr. Carls was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at the University of Minnesota in 1970, and he has been the faculty advisor of Union University’s Delta-Psi chapter since 1983. Nationally, he has served as the society’s president and vice president, and as a member of both the Phi Alpha Theta Council and Advisory Board.

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Graydon A. Tunstall

Executive Director

Dr. Graydon Tunstall is the Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta and Business Manager for the organization’s journal, The Historian.    He teaches classes on military history with an emphasis on the World Wars at the University of South Florid a.   He received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  Dr. Tunstall has published a number of books including Planning for War Against Russia and Serbia: Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915, a new manuscript on Fortress Przemysl which will be released summer 2016 and World War I and its Effects on World History one year later.